Terms and Conditions
Revised September 21, 2016
At Customer's election, Customer may, from time to time, request to receive, and ECS may provide, free services or services subject to a fee, whether a recurring fee or a one-time transactional fee (each a "Service")), and Customer's receipt and use of such Services shall, at all times, be subject to this Agreement. The term "Service" includes, but is not limited to, the provision of any of our products and services, including credit report(s), credit risk score(s), credit monitoring, credit score monitoring and credit score tracking (including all the data and information contained therein), the receipt of any alerts notifying you of changes to the information contained in your credit report(s), regardless of the manner in which you receive the Services, whether by email or mail, through a website or mobile application, by telephone, or through any other mechanism by which a Service is delivered or provided to you. The term "you" or "User" refers to a Visitor or a Customer. For purposes of this Agreement, the terms "we," "us" or "ECS" refer to ConsumerInfo.com, Inc., an Experian® company (also known as Experian Consumer Services), and referred to as "Experian" on the Websites, its predecessors in interest, successors and assigns, and any of its third party service providers (including, without limitation, cloud service providers) who ECS uses in connection with the provision of the Services to you. If you are a Visitor and do not wish to be bound by this Agreement, you should immediately cease accessing and using the Websites. Notwithstanding the immediate preceding sentence, if you are a Visitor and continue to access and use a Website, by virtue of your continued access and/or use of the Website, you are indicating your acceptance of this Agreement and agreement to be bound by the terms and conditions contained herein. If you wish to become a Customer and make use of the Services, you will be prompted during the registration process to agree, and must agree, to be bound by this Agreement.
For the avoidance of doubt, this Agreement expressly applies to: (a) your access to and use of the Websites; (b) any and all transactions between you and ECS through the Websites, including for the provision of any Services or of any credit, personal, financial or other information delivered as part of or in conjunction with free Services or paid Services, including any such information that may be archived to the extent made available on the Websites, such as (i) for your purchase of non-membership based Services such as the 3 Bureau Credit Report and FICO® Scores, the FICO Industry or other Base FICO Scores and/or an Experian Credit Report and FICO Score, (ii) enrollment and use of free Services (such as Experian Credit Basics™), and/or enrollment, purchase and use of membership based Services (such as Experian CreditWorks℠ or Experian Credit Tracker℠); and (iii) your access to and use of calculators, credit resources, text, pictures, graphics, logos, button items, icons, images, works of authorship and other information and all revisions, modifications, and enhancements thereto contained in the Websites.
You may not browse the Websites, or create an account or register with ECS, or use or enroll in any Services, and you may not accept this Agreement, if you are not of a legal age to form a binding contract with ECS. If you accept this Agreement, you represent that you have the capacity to be bound by it. Before you continue, you should print or save a local copy of this Agreement for your records.
THE SERVICES AND WEBSITES ARE SUBJECT TO ALL TERMS AND CONDITIONS CONTAINED HEREIN AND ALL APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS. PLEASE READ THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY. YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF, ORDER OF, USE OF, AND/OR ACCESS TO, THE SERVICES AND WEBSITES CONSTITUTES YOUR AGREEMENT TO ABIDE BY EACH OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH HEREIN. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH ANY OF THESE TERMS OR CONDITIONS, DO NOT USE, ACCESS OR ORDER ANY SERVICE OR ACCESS OR USE THE WEBSITES. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BEGUN ACCESSING OR USING THE SERVICES AND/OR WEBSITES AND DO NOT AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT, IMMEDIATELY CEASE USING THE SERVICE OR WEBSITE AND/OR DISCARD ANY INFORMATION OR PRODUCTS YOU RECEIVED VIA ANY SERVICE OR WEBSITE (TO THE EXTENT APPLICABLE), AND CALL CUSTOMER CARE AT 1-866-617-1894 TO CANCEL YOUR ACCOUNT WITH ECS. NOTE, YOU MAY ALSO BE ABLE TO DEACTIVATE YOUR PAID SERVICE AND RETAIN YOUR ACCOUNT WITH ECS ONLINE, AS AND TO THE EXTENT EXPLAINED IN FURTHER DETAIL BELOW.
PERMISSIBLE PURPOSE AND CONSENTS
You understand and agree that, by establishing an account with ECS, or submitting your order or enrolling for any Service (including an order for a Service that includes enrollment of your minor child in such Service), you have provided "written instructions" in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, as amended ("FCRA"), for ECS to obtain your credit report and/or credit score(s) (or the credit report or credit score(s) of any minor children whom you have enrolled in a Service) on a recurring basis to provide them to you while you have an account with ECS, and such information may be obtained Experian Information Solutions, Inc. ("Experian Credit Bureau") or any other credit reporting company. You understand and agree that, pursuant to such authorization, ECS may access your credit profile (and those of any minor children whom you have enrolled in a Service), including without limitation, your credit report, credit score(s) and other related information, to, among other things, verify your identity (or those of any minor children whom you have enrolled) and to provide credit monitoring, credit scoring, credit score monitoring and tracking, identity monitoring, alerts for, among other things, dormant accounts, new accounts, inquiries, other changes to information contained in your credit report, fraud resolution, or card registry products. You understand and agree that ECS may, from time to time, provide additional products, services, features and/or functionality to you, and that they shall be offered pursuant to the same authorization that you provided to ECS for ECS to obtain your credit report and/or credit score(s) on a recurring basis to provide them to you to review while you have an account with ECS.
You further understand and agree that, by establishing an account with ECS, or submitting your order or enrolling for any Service, you have provided "written instructions" in accordance with the FCRA for ECS to obtain and use the information you have provide, and your credit report and/or credit score(s) to notify you of credit opportunities and other products and services that may be available to you through ECS or through unaffiliated third parties (as explained in the section below entitled "General Description of Services"). You understand and agree that ECS receives compensation for the marketing of credit opportunities or other products or services available through third parties, and that this compensation may impact how and where such credit opportunities, products or services appear on a Website (including, for example, the order in which they appear).
This Agreement may be updated from time to time. You should check this Website regularly for updates to this Agreement. Each time you order, access or use any of the Services or Websites, you signify your acceptance and agreement, without limitation or qualification, to be bound by the then current Agreement. Modifications take effect as soon as they are posted to this Website (or any of the Websites, to the extent applicable to you), delivered to you, or reasonably made available to you in writing by ECS. However, no unilateral amendment will retroactively modify the parties' agreed-to dispute resolution provisions of this Agreement for then-pending disputes, unless the parties expressly agree otherwise in writing. In all other respects, any modification or update to the arbitration provision shall be governed by subsection (g) of the Agreement's "Dispute Resolution By Binding Arbitration" Section below.
MODIFICATION OF SERVICES OR WEBSITES
ECS may, at its discretion, modify or discontinue any of the Services or Websites, or any portion thereof, with or without notice. You agree that ECS will not be liable to you, your minor children or any third party for any modification or discontinuance of any of the Service or Websites.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES
The Services and Websites are meant to provide you a means to review your personal finance and/or credit information for educational purposes only, and to manage if and to the extent you so choose, and may notify you of credit opportunities and other products and services that may be available to you through ECS or through third parties (such as, among other things, advertisements or offers for available credit cards, loan options, financial products or services, or credit related products or services and other offers to Customers, the ability to track and collect certain consumer information specific to you, including but not limited to, credit score, loan and credit card monthly payment, total amount and interest rates). The Services and Websites are meant for your personal use only. The Services and Websites may also provide you other third-party product information, such as the availability of loans and other financial products or services, or credit related products or services (including credit repair or other credit education services). This includes receiving offers free of charge for various credit or other financial products or services based upon your self-identified credit attributes (and/or your consumer report or credit score). These offers may also be generic and may not contain offers based on information specific to you.
We will identify those Services that are provided to you free of charge. Some of the Services (including Experian Credit Tracker and Experian CreditWorks) may require a fee at the time of Service purchase or enrollment, such as membership Services that require the payment of an ongoing fee for ECS's provision of such Services. By purchasing such Services and providing payment information, you represent that you are authorized to utilize the payment method presented and agree to pay the specified fee for paid Services, including any method offered or used through a mobile application. Furthermore, you agree and authorize us to, for time to time: (i) submit a transaction using the card information provided, (ii) in the case of automatic recurring transactions, submit a transaction on a recurring basis (e.g., monthly or annual basis) for membership renewals, (iii) if necessary, obtain updates from card issuers for cards provided to us, (iv) if necessary, bill you, in a prorated manner (as required), in accordance with the particular fee terms for the Service you are purchasing or enrolling in, including if you are transitioning between free or paid Services (or vice versa), when a recurring basis transaction is at issue, and (v) if necessary (and applicable) bill your mobile carrier or others via a mobile application if you authorize us to do so. You may cancel your subscription or enrollment for an ongoing paid Service at any time by calling Customer Care or by using any other method specified on the Websites.
For the sake of clarity, if at any time while you have an account with ECS, you decide to cancel your membership in a paid Service, you will be automatically enrolled in a free Service, as the cancellation of the paid Service will not cancel your account with ECS unless you so indicate. To de-activate your account in its entirety and no longer receive the free Service, you must de-activate your account by contacting Customer Care (or logging into your online account to deactivate your account, if available) and expressly de-activating your account to no longer receive such free Service. In all events, your account with ECS, (including your access to and use of any Services (whether free or paid) and Websites, and regardless of whether you upgrade or downgrade any Services while maintaining your account), shall be governed by this Agreement (and the terms and conditions contained herein).
You acknowledge and agree that ECS (including its Services and/or Websites) has not and does not provide you (or any minor child enrolled in a Service) legal, tax, financial, or other advice (including, without limitation, advice on how to improve or repair your credit or credit scores), and that its Services and/or Websites are not designed or intended to provide any such advice. As discussed above, and for your convenience, we may provide links to various other third party websites that may be of interest to you. The third party offers or links that may be displayed on a Website are from third party companies from which ECS may receive compensation. Compensation may impact how, where or whether a third party product, service or link appears on a Website. There may be other offers generally available to you (including those available in the marketplace) that are not available to you on our Websites. ECS does not make any guarantee or imply approval for any particular offer or opportunity made on our Websites. Further, ECS does not represent, warrant or guarantee any level of potential savings or other benefit should you choose to apply for a particular offer. Any suggestion or representation of possible savings are for illustrative purposes only and may vary based on your individual financial circumstances and the terms made available to you by the applicable issuer or lender. ECS disclaims all liability for any errors or omissions in any express or implied suggestions or representations related to possible savings made by ECS or its marketing partners. For complete information on any particular offer, see the terms and conditions on the issuer or lender's website. Once you click apply for any offers, you will be directed to the issuer or lender's website where you may review the terms and conditions of the applicable opportunity or offer before applying.
ACCOUNT WITH ECS; USE OF THE SERVICES
In consideration of your account with ECS, and/or your order of, access to, and/or use of any Service or Website, you agree to provide true, accurate, complete and current information about yourself and any minor children you are enrolling, or have enrolled, in any Service, when prompted to do so by the registration and application forms or requested to do so by ECS. If any information you provide is untrue, inaccurate or not current, or if ECS has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate or not current, ECS, at its sole discretion, has the right to suspend or terminate your account, or order of, use of, and/or access to, any Service or Website, and refuse all current or future orders of, use of, and/or access to, any Service or Website, or suspend or terminate any portion thereof. You acknowledge and agree that ECS may, in its sole discretion, retain any information you provide to it or generated by ECS (or its affiliates/suppliers) while you have an account with ECS, including any information about you (or any minor child you are enrolling, when enrolling in any Service) and any credit card or payment or other information obtained in connection with your account and/or the provision of any Service. If ECS does retain any such information, you acknowledge it is not obligated to retain that information for any specified period of time.
DISPUTE RESOLUTION BY BINDING ARBITRATION
PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY. IT AFFECTS YOUR RIGHTS.
MOST CUSTOMER CONCERNS CAN BE RESOLVED QUICKLY AND TO THE CUSTOMER'S SATISFACTION BY CALLING ECS'S CUSTOMER CARE DEPARTMENT AT 1-866-617-1894. IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT THAT ECS'S CUSTOMER CARE DEPARTMENT IS UNABLE TO RESOLVE A COMPLAINT YOU MAY HAVE REGARDING A SERVICE OR WEBSITE TO YOUR SATISFACTION (OR IF ECS HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO RESOLVE A DISPUTE IT HAS WITH YOU AFTER ATTEMPTING TO DO SO INFORMALLY), WE EACH AGREE TO RESOLVE THOSE DISPUTES THROUGH BINDING ARBITRATION OR SMALL CLAIMS COURT INSTEAD OF IN COURTS OF GENERAL JURISDICTION TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. ARBITRATION IS MORE INFORMAL THAN A LAWSUIT IN COURT. ARBITRATION USES A NEUTRAL ARBITRATOR INSTEAD OF A JUDGE OR JURY, ALLOWS FOR MORE LIMITED DISCOVERY THAN IN COURT, AND IS SUBJECT TO VERY LIMITED REVIEW BY COURTS. ARBITRATORS CAN AWARD THE SAME DAMAGES AND RELIEF THAT A COURT CAN AWARD. ANY ARBITRATION UNDER THIS AGREEMENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS; CLASS ARBITRATIONS AND CLASS ACTIONS ARE NOT PERMITTED. ECS WILL PAY ALL COSTS OF ARBITRATION, NO MATTER WHO WINS, SO LONG AS YOUR CLAIM IS NOT FRIVOLOUS. HOWEVER, IN ARBITRATION, BOTH YOU AND ECS WILL BE ENTITLED TO RECOVER ATTORNEYS' FEES FROM THE OTHER PARTY TO THE SAME EXTENT AS YOU WOULD BE IN COURT.
(a) ECS and you agree to arbitrate all disputes and claims between us arising out of this Agreement directly related to the Services or Websites, except any disputes or claims which under governing law are not subject to arbitration. This agreement to arbitrate is intended to be broadly interpreted and to make all disputes and claims between us directly relating to the provision of any Service and/or your use of any Website subject to arbitration to the fullest extent permitted by law. However, for the avoidance of doubt, any dispute you may have with us arising out of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) relating to the information contained in your consumer disclosure or report, including but not limited to claims for alleged inaccuracies, shall not be governed by this agreement to arbitrate. The agreement to arbitrate otherwise includes, but is not limited to:
claims arising out of or relating to any aspect of the relationship between us arising out of any Service or Website, whether based in contract, tort, statute (including, without limitation, the Credit Repair Organizations Act) fraud, misrepresentation or any other legal theory; claims that arose before this or any prior Agreement (including, but not limited to, claims relating to advertising); claims that are currently the subject of purported class action litigation in which you are not a member of a certified class; and claims that may arise after the termination of this Agreement.
For purposes of this arbitration provision, references to "ECS," "you," and "us" shall include our respective parent entities, subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, employees, predecessors in interest, successors and assigns, websites of the foregoing, as well as all authorized or unauthorized users or beneficiaries of Services and/or Websites or information under this or prior Agreements between us relating to Services and/or Websites. Notwithstanding the foregoing, either party may bring an individual action in small claims court. You agree that, by entering into this Agreement, you and ECS are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action. This Agreement evidences a transaction in interstate commerce, and thus the Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this arbitration provision. This arbitration provision shall survive termination of this Agreement.
(b) A party who intends to seek arbitration must first send to the other, by certified mail, a written Notice of Dispute ("Notice''). The Notice to ECS should be addressed to: General Counsel, Experian, 475 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 ("Notice Address''). The Notice must describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute and set forth the specific relief you seek from ECS ("Demand''). If ECS and you do not reach an agreement to resolve the claim within 30 days after the Notice is received, you or ECS may commence an arbitration proceeding. During the arbitration, the amount of any settlement offer made by ECS or you shall not be disclosed to the arbitrator until after the arbitrator determines the amount, if any, to which you or ECS is entitled.
You may obtain more information about arbitration from www.adr.org.
(c) After ECS receives notice at the Notice Address that you have commenced arbitration, it will promptly reimburse you for your payment of the filing fee. (The filing fee currently is $200 for claims under $10,000, but is subject to change by the arbitration provider. If you are unable to pay this fee, ECS will pay it directly upon receiving a written request at the Notice Address.) The arbitration will be governed by the Commercial Dispute Resolution Procedures and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes (collectively, "AAA Rules") of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA"), as modified by this Agreement, and will be administered by the AAA. If the AAA is unavailable or refuses to arbitrate the parties' dispute for any reason, the arbitration shall be administered and conducted by a widely-recognized arbitration organization that is mutually agreeable to the parties, but neither party shall unreasonably withhold their consent. If the parties cannot agree to a mutually agreeable arbitration organization, one shall be appointed pursuant to Section 5 of the Federal Arbitration Act. In all events, the AAA Rules shall govern the parties' dispute. The AAA Rules are available online at www.adr.org, by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879, or by writing to the Notice Address.
All issues are for the arbitrator to decide, including the scope and enforceability of this arbitration provision as well as the Agreement's other terms and conditions, and the arbitrator shall have exclusive authority to resolve any such dispute relating to the scope and enforceability of this arbitration provision or any other term of this Agreement including, but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this arbitration provision or Agreement is void or voidable. The arbitrator shall be bound by the terms of this Agreement. Unless ECS and you agree otherwise, any arbitration hearings will take place in the county (or parish) of your billing address. If your claim is for $10,000 or less, we agree that you may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator, through a telephonic hearing, or by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules. If your claim exceeds $10,000, the right to a hearing will be determined by the AAA Rules. Except as otherwise provided for herein, ECS will pay all AAA filing, administration and arbitrator fees for any arbitration initiated in accordance with the notice requirements above. If, however, the arbitrator finds that either the substance of your claim or the relief sought in the Demand is frivolous or brought for an improper purpose (as measured by the standards set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11(b), then the payment of all such fees will be governed by the AAA Rules. In such case, you agree to reimburse ECS for all monies previously disbursed by it that are otherwise your obligation to pay under the AAA Rules.
(d) The arbitrator may make rulings and resolve disputes as to the payment and reimbursement of fees and expenses at any time during the proceeding or in the final award, pursuant to applicable law and the AAA Rules.
(e) Discovery and/or the exchange of non-privileged information relevant to the dispute will be governed by the AAA Rules.
(f) YOU AND ECS AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. Further, unless both you and ECS agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person's claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding. The arbitrator may award injunctive relief only in favor of the individual party seeking relief and only to the extent necessary to provide relief warranted by that party's individual claim. If this specific subparagraph (f) is found to be unenforceable in its entirety, then the entirety of this arbitration provision shall be null and void.
(g) Notwithstanding any provision in this Agreement to the contrary, we agree that if ECS makes any change to this arbitration provision (other than a change to the Notice Address) during your membership in any Service, including credit monitoring, or subsequent to your purchase of any Service, you may reject any such change and require ECS to adhere to the language in this provision as written at the time of your enrollment or purchase if a dispute between us arises regarding such Service.
The FCRA allows you to obtain a copy of all of the information in your consumer credit file disclosure from any consumer credit reporting company for a reasonable charge. The FCRA also states that individuals are entitled to receive a disclosure directly from the consumer credit reporting company free of charge under the following circumstances:
- You have been denied credit, insurance or employment in the past 60 days as a result of your report
- You certify in writing that you are unemployed and intend to apply for employment in the 60-day period beginning on the day you make the certification
- You are a recipient of public welfare assistance
- You have reason to believe that your file at the agency contains inaccurate information due to fraud
The FCRA also permits consumers to dispute inaccurate information in their credit report without charge. Accurate information cannot be changed. You do not have to purchase your credit report or other information from ECS to dispute inaccurate or incomplete information in your Experian Credit Bureau file or to receive a copy of your Experian Credit Bureau consumer disclosure.
The credit report you are requesting from ECS is not intended to constitute the disclosure of Experian Credit Bureau information required by the FCRA or similar state laws. Experian Credit Bureau's National Consumer Assistance Center provides a proprietary consumer disclosure that is different from the consumer credit report provided by ECS. This disclosure report must be obtained directly from Experian Credit Bureau by going to www.experian.com/dispute, or by calling 888- EXPERIAN.
The FCRA allows consumers to get one free comprehensive disclosure of all of the information in their credit file from each of the three national credit reporting companies (Experian Credit Bureau, Equifax®, and TransUnion®) once every 12 months through a central source. Georgia residents can receive two disclosures per year. Although comprehensive, the credit reports from each of the three national credit reporting companies that are available from ECS may not have the same information as a credit report obtained directly from the three national credit reporting companies or through the central source. To request your free annual report under the FCRA, you must go to www.annualcreditreport.com, or call 877-322-8228. ECS's Services are not related to the free FCRA disclosure that you are or may be entitled to.
Unless otherwise specified, the Services made available through the Websites are intended for use by U.S. consumers only. We make no representations or warranties that the information, products or services provided through the Services or the Websites are appropriate for access or use in other jurisdictions.
Recognizing the global nature of the Internet, however, you agree to comply with all local laws including, without limitation, laws about the Internet, data, email, export, or privacy. Specifically, you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the U.S. and the country in which you reside. Notwithstanding the above, we reserve the right to limit the availability of the Services or the provision of any Services to any person, geographic area, or jurisdiction, at any time and in our sole discretion.
COMPLIANCE WITH LAW AND NOTICE OF PROSECUTION
Your access and use of the Services and Websites must comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. Unauthorized access and use of the Services and/or Websites is expressly prohibited. For online customers, access to and use of password protected and/or secure areas of the Websites are restricted to authorized users only. Unauthorized individuals attempting to access these areas of the Websites may be subject to prosecution.
Further, failure to comply with all applicable laws, including but not limited to the FCRA, can result in state or federal enforcement actions, as well as private lawsuits. In addition, any person who knowingly and willfully obtains a consumer credit report or disclosure under false pretenses may face criminal prosecution.
ECS will use commercially reasonable efforts to provide Services to you in a timely manner, including instant online delivery of your credit report for online customers when available. For certain online Services, however, when the system is unable to authenticate you, you may be routed through an alternate authentication process, such as authentication through Customer Care or a manual authentication process. In the event ECS utilizes a manual authentication process, ECS will send a private access code via U.S. mail to the address in your credit file, which you can use to access your account online. This process is normally completed within five (5) to seven (7) days. In the event that you are routed through an authentication process, it is your responsibility to successfully complete authentication so that you can gain access to your account on the Website. Your account, including any membership or enrollment in a Service, will continue, including, if applicable, continuing to monitor your credit report(s) or score(s), all of which will be available to you once you complete authentication. Consequently, for any ongoing paid Services, you will continue to be billed for your membership and the associated services available to you until you cancel in accordance with this Agreement. Please note that, for most Services, ECS cannot offer a manual authentication process and will be unable to fulfill your order if you fail online authentication one or more times. In the event you fail online authentication one or more times, you may be directed to Customer Care to complete the authentication process over the telephone.
ECS may use your personal information to the extent necessary to authenticate your identity, process your order or request for, and provide, the Services to you, as well as for quality assurance, account and business maintenance, and such other business uses in accordance with applicable law.
RECEIPT, REVIEW AND ACCEPTANCE OF PRIVACY AND AD TARGETING POLICIES
ONLINE AND/OR MOBILE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
You must have an email address and provide the same to ECS, and have a Java-compatible browser to receive and/or access your Services online via a mobile application, if applicable. As an online (or mobile application) customer, you are agreeing to receive all notifications via email at the email address on file with ECS. You are obligated to update the email address on file when your email address changes. In the event that ECS is unable to deliver email messages to you, you agree to accept Service notifications in an alternative method, such as direct mail or SMS messages. We strongly encourage you to select SMS messaging as an alternative method of receiving notifications and alerts. You may select this method by accessing your Customer homepage online and changing your Alert Settings. Please note, mobile messaging rates may apply. All service alerts are also accessible online in your Alerts Center of your account.
In the event that you fail to or otherwise do not update your email address or mobile phone number on file with ECS, and thus ECS is unable to deliver email or SMS messages to you, you nonetheless understand and agree that any paid Service will be fulfilled at the price agreed upon at the time that you placed your order or enrolled in the Service.
NO WARRANTY BY ECS
YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES AND WEBSITES IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. ALL SERVICES AND WEBSITES ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" OR "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, ECS (AND ITS AFFILIATES AND SUPPLIERS) EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OR GUARANTEES (OTHER THAN THE GUARANTEES FOR EXPERIAN CREDITWORKS, EXPERIAN CREDIT TRACKER AND CARDSAFE DESCRIBED WITHIN THIS AGREEMENT) OF ANY KIND WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE OR NONINFRINGEMENT. THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE SERVICES AND WEBSITES OR OTHER MATERIALS YOU MAY RECEIVE FROM ECS DO NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL, TAX, ACCOUNTING OR OTHER PROFESSIONAL ADVICE. OTHER THAN TO THE EXTENT MADE IN THE GUARANTEES FOR EXPERIAN CREDITWORKS, EXPERIAN CREDIT TRACKER AND CARDSAFE DESCRIBED WITHIN THIS AGREEMENT, ECS (AND ITS AFFILIATES AND SUPPLIERS) MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT (I) THE SERVICES ARE ACCURATE, TIMELY, SECURE, UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE; AND (II) ANY RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICES WILL BE RELIABLE.
If you are using an activation code to obtain a Service, you are restricted to a one-time use of such activation code. Any subsequent, unauthorized use of the activation code will result in immediate termination of any associated Services without notice and in accordance with the termination provision(s) in the section entitled "Use of the Services," found herein.
Please note that if you improperly obtain a Service with an activation code (including via an activation code you obtained that was not intended for your use in the first instance), any credit card number you may have provided to us will also be charged with the fee for the Service that was obtained improperly.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT ECS WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU (OR ANY OF YOUR MINOR CHILDREN) FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED TO YOUR ACCOUNT(S) WITH ECS, OR ACCESS TO, USE, OR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICES OR WEBSITES, OR FROM YOUR ACCESS TO, USE OF, INABILITY TO USE, OR RELIANCE UPON ANY WEBSITE OR LINKED WEBSITE, WHETHER FORESEEABLE OR NOT AND HOWEVER CAUSED, EVEN IF ECS HAS BEEN ADVISED OR SHOULD HAVE BEEN AWARE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF THOSE DAMAGES. SOME JURISDICTIONS EITHER DO NOT ALLOW OR PLACE RESTRICTIONS UPON THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF DAMAGES IN CERTAIN TYPES OF AGREEMENTS; FOR THESE JURISDICTIONS, THE AFOREMENTIONED LIMITATION ON LIABILITY SHALL BE TO THE MAXIMUM DEGREE PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGIONG, YOU AGREE IN ANY EVENT THAT ECS'S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU (AND ANY OF YOUR MINOR CHILDREN) FOR ANY OR ALL OF YOUR LOSSES OR INJURIES (OR THOSE OF YOUR MINOR CHILDREN) FROM ECS'S ACTS OR OMISSIONS, REGARDLESS OF THE NATURE OF THE LEGAL OR EQUITABLE CLAIM, SHALL NOT EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU TO ECS FOR THE SERVICE YOU PURCHASE FROM ECS (EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT THAT AMOUNTS MAY BE RECOVERABLE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TERMS OF THE GUARANTEES FOR EXPERIAN CREDITWORKS OR EXPERIAN CREDIT TRACKER DESCRIBED WITHIN THIS AGREEMENT) DURING THE TWELVE (12) MONTHS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE EVENT GIVING RISE TO THE LIABILITY.
NOT A CREDIT REPAIR ORGANIZATION OR CONTRACT
ECS offers access to your credit report, FICO® Score, and other credit information. ECS is not a credit repair organization, and is not offering to sell, provide or perform any service to you for the express or implied purpose of either improving your credit record, credit history or credit rating or providing advice or assistance to you with regard to improving your credit record, credit history or credit rating. You acknowledge and agree that you are not seeking to purchase, use, or access any of the Service and Websites (or any content in the Websites) in order to do so.
Accurate adverse information on your credit report cannot be changed. If you believe that your credit report contains inaccurate, non-fraudulent information, it is your responsibility to contact the relevant credit reporting company, and follow the appropriate procedures for notifying the credit reporting company that you believe that your credit report contains an inaccuracy. Any information provided to you regarding the procedures followed by the various credit reporting companies related to the removal of inaccurate, non-fraudulent information is provided without charge to you and is available for free. Any such information is not included as part of your credit score monitoring product but is provided free of charge to all consumers, regardless of whether they are Customers of the credit score monitoring product.
FICO® Scores are developed by Fair Isaac Corporation. The FICO Score provided by ECS in Experian CreditWorks and Experian Credit Tracker is based on FICO Score 8, and is powered by Experian Credit Bureau credit data. ECS may, in its discretion and from time to time, provide a FICO Score based on the FICO Score 8 scoring model at no charge to you in a free Service (such as Experian Credit Basics). In the event ECS provides a FICO Score at no charge to you, such free FICO Score will not include an explanation of the positive and negative factors impacting your score. This information is included in a paid Service (such as Experian CreditWorks or Experian Credit Tracker) that includes a FICO Score. Many but not all lenders use FICO Score 8.
In addition to the FICO Score 8, ECS may offer and provide other base or industry-specific FICO Scores (such as FICO Auto Scores and FICO Bankcard Scores). The other FICO Scores made available are calculated from versions of the base and industry-specific FICO Score models. There are many different credit scoring models that can give a different assessment of your credit rating and relative risk (risk of default) for the same credit report. Your lender or insurer may use a different FICO Score than FICO Score 8 or such other base or industry-specific FICO Score, or another type of credit score altogether. Just remember that your credit rating is often the same even if the number is not. For some consumers, however, the credit rating of FICO Score 8 (or other FICO Score) could vary from the score used by your lender. The statements that "90% of top lenders use FICO Scores" and "FICO Scores are used in 90% of credit decisions" are based on a third-party study of all versions of FICO Scores sold to lenders, including but not limited to scores based on FICO Score 8. Base FICO® Scores (including the FICO Score 8) range from 300 to 850. Industry-specific FICO Scores range from 250-900. Higher scores represent a greater likelihood that you'll pay back your debts so you are viewed as being a lower credit risk to lenders. A lower FICO Score indicates to lenders that you may be a higher credit risk. There are three different major credit reporting agencies - Experian Credit Bureau, TransUnion® and Equifax® - that maintain a record of your credit history known as your credit report. Your FICO Score is based on the information in your credit report at the time it is requested. Your credit report information can vary from agency to agency because some lenders report your credit history to only one or two of the agencies. So your FICO Score can vary if the information they have on file for you is different. Since the information in your report can change over time, your FICO Score may also change.
Due to how FICO® Scores are calculated, it is possible that you may experience a change in your score, including as compared to other scoring models previously provided by ECS (including as part of your Experian Credit Tracker membership).
Under certain circumstances, we will be unable to provide a credit score to you based on your particular credit behaviors, or a score may be unavailable at a particular time. Although your score may be unavailable at a given time, it may later become available, depending on a change in your credit behaviors or to the information a credit reporting agency has on file for you. Scores may be offered to you free of charge, or in some circumstances, may require a fee. Even if you pay a fee to obtain a score, a score may not always be available to you (even if a credit report is available to you). If a credit score is unavailable, you may want to learn more about the reasons a score is not available for you, and what actions you might be able to take so later a score may be generated for you. In the event a score is not available for you and you have questions, please call Customer Care.
CREATING AN ACCOUNT WITH ECS; REGISTERING FOR ANY SERVICE
To create an account or enroll or purchase any Service, you must have an address within the United States, provide a valid Social Security number, address, email address and date of birth and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. In other limited circumstances, you may need to provide a valid telephone number so that ECS can process your order. You must provide valid credit card information to enroll in or purchase a paid Service, as explained in greater detail above. ECS will then evaluate your complete registration information.
In certain jurisdictions sales tax at state and local rates may apply, in which case you may be charged the applicable taxes in addition to the monthly fee and/or the price of the product.
For certain Services and/or channels where Services are sold, we reserve the right to accept or decline some forms of payment, including, but not limited to "pre-paid" or "re-loadable" credit/debit cards.
SPOUSE/ADULT CHILDREN NOT INCLUDED
ECS is not able to accept and process joint registration for two or more adults. Neither your spouse nor any other adult will be enrolled in any Service pursuant to your order.
ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS RELATED TO SERVICES
Credit Monitoring in Paid Services (Applicable to Multi-Bureau Monitoring)
Your paid membership in credit monitoring is effective for the period covered by your membership fee and continues upon your payment of the monthly/annual renewal fee. Renewal fees for your membership will automatically be charged, at the then current rate, to the credit card or other billing source authorized by you, on the first day of each successive membership term, until you cancel your membership. Should you choose to discontinue your membership for any reason before expiration of the then applicable membership term for which you have paid, you may cancel your membership and terminate further billing by calling the toll-free number listed on this Website, or by calling 1-866-617-1894. If you are an annual subscriber and choose to cancel within 180 days of when you were billed, you will be eligible to receive a prorated refund of your current year's membership fee. If you are a monthly subscriber and choose to cancel after your free trial ends or anytime during your monthly billing term, your membership and monthly billing will terminate at the end of your monthly billing term and you will not be eligible for a prorated refund of any portion of your paid monthly membership fee. ECS reserves the right to change the membership fee for any renewal term to be effective upon the renewal of your membership.
Please note, there are different processing times across the credit reporting companies, therefore you may not be enrolled in all of them at the same time. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to begin to monitoring with the Experian Credit Bureau within 2 business days of successful enrollment (except as otherwise stated herein), while you are in your free trial period. We will also use commercially reasonable efforts to begin monitoring with Equifax and TransUnion within 4 business days of successful enrollment, though in some cases it may take longer so will not be initiated during the trial period (if a trial period applies). You acknowledge and agree that ECS does not control, and therefore is not responsible, for the enrollment process with the Experian Credit Bureau, Equifax or TransUnion. Similarly, we cannot guarantee that you will be successfully enrolled in monitoring with Experian Credit Bureau, Equifax or TransUnion.
If you order a Service that includes a single bureau credit monitoring product from ECS, ECS requests only the Experian Credit Bureau enroll you in its credit monitoring program. If you order a Service that includes a credit monitoring product from ECS that monitors credit files at three credit bureaus, ECS requests that the Experian Credit Bureau, Equifax and TransUnion enroll you in their respective credit monitoring programs. Your order of any single bureau credit monitoring product is conditioned upon successful enrollment by the Experian Credit Bureau in its credit monitoring program; if the Experian Credit Bureau is not able to enroll you, your order will be cancelled and you will not receive alerts or monitoring of changes to your Experian credit file.
Your order of any tri-bureau credit monitoring product (monitoring credit files at three credit bureaus) is conditioned upon successful enrollment by at least one credit bureau in its credit monitoring program. If no credit bureau is able to enroll you in its credit monitoring program, your order will be cancelled, and you will not receive alerts or monitoring of changes to any of your credit files. In the event that one or two credit bureaus, but not all three credit bureaus, is able to enroll you in their credit monitoring, credit monitoring will be provided by the bureau or bureaus that were able to enroll you; you will not receive alerts or monitoring of changes to the credit files of the bureau or bureaus that were not able to enroll you in their credit monitoring program.
In the event you order a three-bureau credit monitoring product, by placing your order, you agree that, if fewer than all three credit bureaus enroll you in their credit monitoring, ECS is authorized to monitor only the credit files at the bureau or bureaus that enrolled you. Any such credit monitoring will be provided at the price agreed upon; you will not be eligible for a price reduction, discount or refund. ECS will notify you in the event that fewer than all three credit bureaus enroll you in credit monitoring, but such notification may not occur during your trial period.
Credit Monitoring Membership With Free Trial (Applicable to Single-Bureau Monitoring) You will be asked for valid credit card information when you sign up for the free credit monitoring trial. ECS will verify your credit card information before processing your order. An authorization in the amount of one dollar will be performed on your credit card to make sure it is valid and in good standing and the one dollar authorization amount may count against your credit or debit limit. Additionally, your credit card will be charged a non-refundable $1 fee, plus any applicable sales tax, for your Credit Report. However, ECS will not bill you the monthly membership fee until the free trial period has ended. If you do not cancel your free trial membership within 7 days of the date you place your order, your membership will continue automatically and the monthly/annual fee will be billed to the credit card or other billing source provided by you when you enrolled in credit monitoring, on the first day of each successive membership term. The credit monitoring benefit may only be available for 5 days during your trial period; however, other product features and benefits will be available to you during your entire trial period. If you purchase additional credit reports and/or scores during your trial period, they will be billed to the credit or debit card provided to us during enrollment. In the event that you purchase additional products from ECS using a different credit or debit card, or if you update your payment information with ECS, ECS will charge the latest card provided by you. Please note, if you have ever been a Customer and received a free trial, ECS may refuse to give you another free trial offer. Returning Customers will be billed the membership fee immediately upon renewal. During your trial period, you are eligible for one report and/or score as dictated by your specific membership terms.
Credit Monitoring Membership With Free Trial (Applicable to Multi-Bureau Credit Monitoring): You will be asked for valid credit card information when you sign up for the free credit monitoring trial. ECS will verify your credit card information before processing your order. Because enrollment in monitoring with the bureaus may be delayed, we may start your 7-day free trial 48 hours after you enroll. Therefore, you may cancel your trial membership without charge at any time within 9 days of placing your order. If you do not cancel your free trial membership within 9 days of the date you place your order, your membership will continue automatically and the monthly/annual fee will be billed to the credit card or other billing source provided by you when you enrolled in credit monitoring, on the first day of each successive membership term. If you purchase additional credit reports and/or scores during your trial period, they will be billed to the credit or debit card provided to us during enrollment. In the event that you purchase additional products from ECS using a different credit or debit card, or if you update your payment information with ECS, ECS will charge the latest card provided by you. Please note, if you have ever been a Customer and received a free trial, ECS may refuse to give you another free trial offer. Returning Customers will be billed the membership fee immediately upon renewal. During your trial period, you are eligible for one report and/or score as dictated by your specific membership terms.
Credit Monitoring Membership Where No Trial Period Applies: The monthly/annual fee for a credit monitoring membership will be billed immediately to the credit card or other billing source authorized by you. If an introductory rate applies, the monthly/annual fee for a credit monitoring membership will be billed immediately at the applicable introductory rate, and for each successive membership term, you will be billed at the applicable published standard rate as described on the Website and/or in the Service literature provided when you enroll.
Credit Monitoring Membership for a Pre-Defined Term: If you have agreed to a promotional offer for credit monitoring for a pre-defined term, your credit card or other authorized billing source will be billed the promotional membership fee immediately. Your credit monitoring membership will continue for the pre-defined term and membership benefits will expire at the end of this term. If you choose to cancel your monitoring membership during the pre-defined term, you will not be entitled to a refund, prorated or otherwise of the promotional membership fee.
MOBILE APPLICATIONS - Additional Terms and Conditions for Experian CreditWorks or other Membership Based Services
(Applicable for membership based Services purchased through Experian mobile applications using Apple iTunes® or Google Play™)
I. Free Trial using Mobile Applications
If you enroll in a 7-day free trial of Experian CreditWorks (or other membership based Services) through an Experian mobile application using iTunes or Google Play, as applicable, the 7-day trial begins at the time you submit your order. Enrollment in Experian credit monitoring may take up to 24 hours to complete, so you may only have access to the credit monitoring benefits for a 6-day period.
If you do not cancel your membership in Experian CreditWorks (or other membership based Services) within the 7 day trial period, you will be billed a monthly fee for each month that you continue your membership. You agree that Apple, Inc. ("Apple") or Google, Inc. ("Google"), as applicable, may process this charge to your iTunes or Google Play account, as applicable, and that it is nonrefundable. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TIMELY PAYMENT OF ALL FEES AND FOR PROVIDING APPLE OR GOOGLE, AS APPLICABLE, WITH A VALID PAYMENT METHOD FOR PAYMENT OF ALL FEES.
II. Delivery of Membership Benefits
In the event that ECS is unable to provide all of the membership benefits related to Experian CreditWorks (or other membership based Services), it will use commercially reasonable efforts to contact you by email or other method. If you wish to cancel the membership due to the benefits not being available, you must contact Apple or Google, as applicable, to request cancellation.
Apple or Google, as applicable, does not receive automatic notification from the Social Security Administration if you become deceased during your enrollment, and may continue to bill you. Under such circumstances, a representative of your estate may contact Apple or Google, as applicable, and provide proof of your death, so that Apple or Google, as applicable, can cancel the membership in Experian CreditWorks (or other membership based Services) and cease future billing.
IV. No Refunds
WE DO NOT PROVIDE REFUNDS FOR ANY MEMBERSHIP, PRORATED OR OTHERWISE. You will continue to have access to your membership in Experian CreditWorks (or other membership based Services) until the end of the monthly billing cycle in which you cancel. Apple or Google, as applicable, may offer refunds at their sole discretion.
V. Reactivation of Services
VI. Contact Us
If you have any issues with this service that you wish to resolve with ECS, please contact ECS at 1-866-617-1894.
CHILDSECURE℠ - ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Registration in CHILDSECURE
By registering ChildSecure, you certify that you are eighteen (18) years of age or older. Your use of ChildSecure is conditioned upon your order of a paid Service (such as Experian CreditWorks or Experian Credit Tracker) and your successful enrollment in the Experian Credit Bureau's credit monitoring program. If the Experian Credit Bureau is not able to enroll you in its credit monitoring program, your entire order - including use of ChildSecure to monitor the identities of your minor children - will be cancelled and you will not receive alerts or monitoring of changes to your credit files nor alerts or monitoring regarding the identities of your registered minor children.
If you are successfully enrolled in ChildSecure, credit monitoring alerts will be delivered to the email address or the mailing address that was given to ECS when you enrolled. It is your responsibility to update your address if it should change.
CHILDSECURE - Additional Terms
Your use of ChildSecure is effective for the period covered by your membership fee for the paid Service and continues upon your payment of the monthly/annual membership fee. Please review the appropriate section in this document for information related to refunds and cancellation of your membership with such paid Service.
CHILDSECURE - Monitoring For Children
The monitoring that will be performed regarding minor children you register in ChildSecure is different than the monitoring for persons over age 18. On a monthly basis, ECS will request an Experian credit report for each registered child from the Experian Credit Bureau, and will review that report for any material data (that is, any other data other than personal information such as name, address and Social Security number) that has been returned. If material data exists, ECS will use reasonable efforts to notify you of such information via email alert process within two business days of the report being returned to ECS, though in limited circumstances it may take longer to process the alert. In the event that material data is found, you agree to provide any documentation that may be requested by ECS, including, but not limited, to a copy of the child's Social Security card, a copy of the child's birth certificate, proof of your identification, and proof of your residence, in order to verify your status as a parent or guardian of the registered child, before any information about the material data will be released to you.
Registration of Minor Children in CHILDSECURE
You may enroll up to five (5) minor children for whom you are the parent or guardian through the on-line process. You may enroll additional minor children for whom you are the parent or guardian by contacting Customer Care at the number published on the Website, and providing the requested information and/or documentation including, but not limited to, a valid Social Security number and date of birth for each minor child. In certain circumstances, you may not be permitted to register children online. In such circumstances, you may register children by contacting Customer Care and following the procedures specified in this paragraph. Children that have reached the age of 17 years and 9 months are not eligible to be registered in ChildSecure.
Certification as Parent or Guardian of Children Enrolled in CHILDSECURE
ECS will provide information about a child less than 18 years of age only to the child's parent or guardian and only for use to protect the child against fraud, such as the fraudulent opening of credit accounts in your child's name. You certify that you are the parent or guardian of each child whom you have named, or will name, on the registration forms for ChildSecure, and that you understand and agree that registration may require ECS to obtain information about those children from a credit reporting company, and that any information about those children that you obtain from ECS will be used solely for the purpose of protecting against or preventing actual or potential fraud with respect the children whom you are registering or have registered in ChildSecure.
Automatic Disenrollment of Children From CHILDSECURE Prior to 18th Birthday
Minor children registered by you in ChildSecure will be automatically removed from ChildSecure within seven (7) days before their eighteenth (18th) birthday, based on the date of birth information provided by you in the registration process. After that time period, you will not receive monitoring of any sort regarding that child.
TRANSACTIONAL CREDIT REPORTS AND CREDIT SCORES - ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
(Applicable for the following Services such as: 3 Bureau Credit Report and FICO® Scores, Experian Credit Report and FICO® Score, and/or FICO Industry Scores)
When you use any Service or Website to access your personal credit report and/or credit score, you are certifying that you understand and agree to the following:
- You may access your credit report and/or score for 180 days from the date of delivery.
- Refunds will not be issued once we have delivered any report(s) included in the requested Service to you. Refunds will not be issued in the event a score is not available for you.
- If you have questions regarding your credit report or would like to dispute information, you may request an investigation by contacting the credit reporting company that supplied the information, as indicated in your credit report.
- For online customers, if you are inactive (have not clicked on an item or refreshed the page) for a period of 20 minutes or more when reviewing your credit report and/or credit score online, your session will conclude and you will be logged out for your protection.
DISCLAIMERS: You acknowledge that the information provided to you through the FICO® Score, including the score factors derived from the elements in your credit report, may change over time as your credit report changes. You also acknowledge that the score factor information on how to monitor your credit position assumes there will be no adverse changes in your credit performance. ECS is not responsible for the accuracy or contents of your credit file, including but not limited to information delivered in the credit report and/or score products. Please note that pursuant to section 609f of the FCRA, consumers can obtain their credit score at any time for a statutorily set fee.
IF A FRAUD RESOLUTION SERVICE IS AVAILABLE TO YOU AS A PART OF A SERVICE YOUR ARE USING OR PURCHASED, THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS SHALL APPLY TO YOUR USE OF OUR ASSISTANCE
Obtaining Assistance: There are certain steps that you MUST FOLLOW in order to obtain assistance from a fraud resolution representative ("Assistance"). These steps include contacting a Customer Care Representative by calling 1-866-617-1894.
If you are a victim of Identity Theft (as defined below), which is defined for the purposes of this section as the act of knowingly transferring or using, without lawful authority, a means of identification with the intent to commit, or to aid or abet, any unlawful activity that constitutes a violation of federal law or a felony under applicable state or local law ("Identity Theft"), and you incur problems or suffer damages, you may call the number listed on this Website, or call 1-866-617-1894 and make a request for Assistance. Upon acceptance of your request, an ECS fraud resolution representative will contact you. If you contact ECS regarding fraud resolution, you are agreeing to permit ECS to order a copy of your credit report for any purpose relating to your request for Assistance.
If you are requesting Assistance regarding an enrolled child, you will be required to re-certify your status as parent or guardian, and provide documents requested by ECS to verify your status as parent or guardian, including, but not limited to, the child's Social Security card and birth certificate, valid proof of your identification, and proof of your residence.
DISCLAIMERS: THE FRAUD RESOLUTION BENEFIT (INCLUDING ANY ASSISTANCE) IS DESIGNED TO HELP YOU PROTECT YOURSELF FROM IDENTITY THEFT VULNERABILITIES. THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED IN ADDITION TO ANY PRECAUTIONS YOU SHOULD REASONABLY BE EXPECTED TO TAKE, INCLUDING PROTECTING YOUR ACCOUNT NAMES, PASSWORDS, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER AND OTHER PERSONALLY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION. ECS'S FRAUD RESOLUTION ASSISTANCE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A POLICY OR CONTRACT OF INSURANCE. ECS DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY OF LIEN, JUDGMENT, INVESTMENT, OR CRIMINAL SEARCHES IT MAY PERFORM ON YOUR BEHALF.
ECS is not obligated or responsible for providing Assistance for any request based on (a) an act of fraud, deceit, collusion, dishonesty or criminal act by you or any person acting in concert with you, or by any authorized representative of you, whether acting alone or in collusion with you or others, (b) authorized charges that you have disputed based on the quality of goods or services, (c) authorized account transactions or trades that you have disputed, or are disputing, based on the execution (or non-execution) of electronic transfers, trades or other verbal or written instructions or directions, (d) losses, damages or expenses arising out of any business pursuits, (e) losses, damages or expenses that were incurred or commenced prior to the membership, or (f) theft or damages of traveler's checks, tickets of any kind, negotiable instruments, cash or its equivalent, circulating currency, passports, documents, real property, animals, living plants or consumable items, motorized vehicles of any type, watercraft, aircraft, and items intended for storage, transport, display or habitation.
Reservation of Rights: ECS (including, for the purposes of this section, its agents, independent contractors, assigns or other expressly authorized third party) reserves the right to make an independent investigation of the facts and circumstances related to any Assistance request, including making contact by telephone, email, US Postal Service or otherwise, any service provider or related party it deems necessary, at its sole and absolute discretion and expense, regardless of whether you provide express authorization to make such contact for purposes of verifying and assisting you with your Assistance request.
ECS reserves the right to request that you provide corroborating evidence of the unauthorized transaction, Identity Theft or other facts related to your Assistance request, including a signed affidavit, law enforcement or governmental agency reports, receipts of expenses, insurance declaration forms, or any other corroborating evidence that we may deem necessary and reasonable. Further, ECS reserves the right to refuse any Assistance request or provide any Assistance in the event you fail or refuse to provide us with any requested corroborating evidence related to the Identity Theft.
ECS reserves the right not to provide you with any Assistance or discontinue your membership in the event ECS determines that you knew, or should reasonably have known, of an act of Identity Theft that commenced prior to the membership. If at any time you cancel your membership, ECS is no longer obligated to provide any additional fraud resolution assistance.
$50,000 GUARANTEE FOR EXPERIAN CREDITWORKS℠ AND EXPERIAN CREDIT TRACKER℠
(Applicable only if a $50,000 Guarantee is available in your Service)
If a $50,000 Guarantee is offered as part of your Service, and if you become a victim of Identity Theft (as that term is defined below) due to a failure of the Experian CreditWorks or Experian Credit Tracker (as applicable) product to provide the services identified below, we will reimburse you for certain Identity Theft Expenses (as defined below and further described herein) subject to the terms and conditions of this Product Guarantee (as such term is defined below). For purposes of this Guarantee, "Identity Theft" means that your name, address, Social Security number, credit card account number, or other non-public personal identifying information was used without your knowledge or approval to commit fraud or other crimes. As used in this Section, the term "Product Guarantee" means the $50,000 Guarantee for Experian CreditWorks or Experian Credit Tracker, as applicable. The Product Guarantee is not offered, applicable or available to you if Identity Theft Insurance is a feature or benefit of your Experian CreditWorks membership or other membership based Service.
The maximum amount that we will pay you is $50,000 for Identity Theft Expenses as a direct result of an Identity Theft.
- GUARANTEE PERIOD: Under the terms of this Product Guarantee, we will reimburse you solely for Identity Theft Expenses you incur as a direct result of an Identity Theft due to a failure of the Experian CreditWorks for Experian Credit Tracker product (as applicable) to provide the services identified below that occurs while you are actively enrolled in and using the above listed product and are a Customer in good standing ("Guarantee Period").
- WHAT YOU MUST DO: During the Guarantee Period, you must take an active role in protecting yourself against Identity Theft by using Experian CreditWorks or Experian Credit Tracker (as applicable), in the manner described below. To be eligible to seek and retain reimbursement under this Product Guarantee, you must do the following:
- You have an obligation to review your credit report and any email or other notification we may send you and if, upon your review, you observe suspicious activity (including, but not limited to credit cards or loans you did not apply for, credit inquiries you did not authorize, etc.) and/or suspect an Identity Theft, you must:
- File a police report with the relevant police authority within the earlier of thirty (30) days from (i) the date you received such email or other notification from us or (ii) the date that you first had knowledge of an Identity Theft;
- Report the suspected Identity Theft to our Fraud Resolution Department within the earlier of thirty (30) days from (i) the date you received such email or other notification from us or (ii) the date that you first had knowledge of an Identity Theft. You can contact our Fraud Resolution Department Monday-Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time at 1-1-866-617-1894;
- Place a fraud alert with the Experian Credit Bureau, Equifax and TransUnion within thirty (30) days from the date you had knowledge of an Identity Theft (to learn more about fraud alerts or to place a fraud alert on your Experian Credit Bureau credit report, please go to www.experian.com/fraud);
- Work directly with our Fraud Resolution agents to mitigate your liability and/or pursue all sources of potential reimbursement and submit all documentation, if any, relating to the mitigation of liability and/or resolution of any requests for reimbursement from all sources, and/or assign your right to us to seek and recover funds reimbursable under this Product Guarantee, and reimburse us in the event you obtain recovery of any amounts paid by us hereunder. For example, if we pay a direct expense under this Product Guarantee to you or on your behalf, and you later recover the amount paid to you or on your behalf, then we are entitled to receive, retain or recover the amount paid to you or on your behalf. You must provide all reasonable and necessary assistance to us in our recovery and reimbursement efforts; and
- You agree to pay and/or reimburse us for any amount paid to you or on your behalf under this Product Guarantee due to your Misrepresentation, as such term defined , in connection with an Identity Theft.
- You have an obligation to review your credit report and any email or other notification we may send you and if, upon your review, you observe suspicious activity (including, but not limited to credit cards or loans you did not apply for, credit inquiries you did not authorize, etc.) and/or suspect an Identity Theft, you must:
- WHAT WE WILL DO: Under the this Product Guarantee, we will reimburse you solely for the following Identity Theft Expenses incurred as a direct result of an Identity Theft due to a failure of the Experian CreditWorks for Experian Credit Tracker product (as applicable) to provide the services identified below that occurs during the Guarantee Period while you are using Experian CreditWorks or Experian Credit Tracker, as applicable, in the manner described above:
- Stolen Funds: Funds directly stolen from you or charges that you are liable for, in each case, that are related to any credit account that is reported (or should have been reported) on any of your Experian Credit Bureau, Equifax, or TransUnion credit reports that are provided with the product you receive from us, provided that you assign any rights you might have to us for recovery or reimbursement as further provided below;
- Legal Expenses: Reasonable and necessary attorneys' fees or court costs associated with defending any suit brought against you by merchants, financial institutions or other credit grantors or their collection agencies that relate to credit accounts that were wrongfully opened in your name as a result of Identity Theft, or the removal of any criminal or civil judgment wrongly entered against you that relates to a suit brought against you by a credit grantor based on an account wrongfully opened in your name as a result of Identity Theft. You must obtain our advance written consent to your choice of any attorney and/or legal counsel, and we reserve the right to select such attorney and legal counsel. You must forward all attorney invoices to us on a current basis;
- Lost Wages: Actual United States wages or salary you lose as a direct result of time off work taken by you to report and/or resolve an Identity Theft;
- Miscellaneous: Loan application fees, long distance telephone costs, mailing and postage costs, costs of having affidavits or other documents notarized that relate to you reporting and/or resolving an Identity Theft; and
- Private Investigators: Any fees or costs associated with the use of any investigative agencies or private investigators that are necessary for reporting, resolving or recouping losses incurred as a result of an Identity Theft. You must obtain our advance written consent to engage a private investigator, and we reserve the right to select such private investigator in our reasonable discretion. You must forward all private investigator invoices to us on a current basis.
((a) through (e) above, are collectively referred to in this Guarantee section as "Identity Theft Expenses").
- WHAT WE WILL NOT DO: We will NOT reimburse you for any expenses, damages or losses that are that do not constitute "Identity Theft Expenses", including, without limitation, the following types of expenses, damages or losses you incur in connection with an Identity Theft:
- Any expense, damage or loss due to any act of theft, deceit, collusion, dishonesty or criminal act by you or any person acting in concert with you, or by any of your authorized representatives, whether acting alone or in collusion with you or others (collectively, your "Misrepresentation") and you expressly agree to reimburse us for any expense, damage or loss due to your Misrepresentation;
- Any expense, damage or loss arising from the theft or unauthorized or illegal use of your business name, "d/b/a," or any other method of identifying your business activity;
- Any expense, damage or loss due to bodily injury, sickness, emotional distress or breakdown or any other medical condition, including without limitation, lost wages or salary;
- Any expense, damage or loss due to the termination of your employment or separation from your employment, whether temporary or permanent, for any reason;
- Any expense, damage or loss of any type for which a credit card company, credit card processor, bank, creditor, insurer or other third party is legally liable; excluding any company or agency contracting with us to provide products in connection with a data loss;
- Any expense, damage or loss that relates to any account that is NOT reported on any of your Experian, Equifax, or TransUnion credit reports that are provided with the product you receive from us, unless such account should have been reported on any such credit report.
- Any expense, damage or loss incurred by you from an Identity Theft that did not occur during the Guarantee Period; and
- Any expense, damage or loss in connection with an Identity Theft if you fail to comply with all obligations, requirements, terms and conditions set forth above under "What You Must Do."
- HOW TO REQUEST REIMBURSEMENT: To request reimbursement under the Product Guarantee, you must contact our Fraud Resolution Department Monday-Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time at 1-866-617-1894 to obtain an Identity Theft Expense Reimbursement Request Form. To receive reimbursement, you must submit the following documentation to one of our Fraud Resolution Representatives, in accordance with the requirements set forth herein: (a) a completed and signed Identity Theft Expense Reimbursement Request Form; (b) proof that a fraud alert was placed with the Experian Credit Bureau, Equifax and TransUnion; (c) if applicable, a copy of any settlement agreement reached by each party (creditors, collection agency, banks, etc.) involved with an Identity Theft; (d) a copy of a police report from your local jurisdiction and provide proof that such police report was filed; (e) copies of all receipts, bills, pay stubs, court documents and other records that support the Identity Theft Expenses incurred by you.
- OUR RIGHT TO TERMINATE THE PRODUCT GUARANTEE: We expressly reserve the right to change the terms of, terminate and discontinue offering the Product Guarantee, at any time, in our sole and complete discretion. We will continue to honor the Product Guarantee for an Identity Theft that occurred prior to any termination of the Product Guarantee.
- THE PRODUCT PROVIDES THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:
- Where indicated in the product literature as a product benefit, we will deliver one or more consumer credit reports from any of the Experian Credit Bureau, TransUnion and Equifax;
- Where indicated in the product literature as a product benefit (and to the extent available), provision of consumer credit monitoring from the Experian Credit Bureau, TransUnion and/or Equifax showing:
- New accounts;
- Public records;
- Address changes;
- Potentially negative information; and
- New inquiries;
- Where indicated in the product literature as a product benefit, we will deliver a consumer credit risk score (such as the FICO Score);
- Where indicated in the product literature as a product benefit, calculate and track the customer's credit score based on the consumer's Experian credit report, and, where indicated in the product literature, three scores based on the consumer's Experian Credit Bureau, TransUnion and Equifax credit reports;
- Deliver consumer assistance in cases of real and/or suspected identity theft, such as:
- Canceling credit cards and debit cards; or assisting the Customer in canceling credit cards and debit cards;
- Guiding the Customer in the submission of a police report;
- Assisting the Customer in notifying financial institutions that provide credit and preventing Customer liability for unauthorized charges or losses from credit accounts that are or should have been included on the consumers credit report(s); and
- Providing information to help the Customer to contact the credit bureaus to place a fraud alert on their credit file; and
- Deliver information for Customers to help them minimize the risk of identity theft and to prepare them to respond in the event that it should happen to them.
THE PRODUCT GUARANTEE IS NOT OFFERED, APPLICABLE OR AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK.
THE PRODUCT GUARANTEE IS NOT OFFERED, APPLICABLE OR AVAILABLE IF IDENTITY THEFT INSURANCE IS A FEATURE OR BENEFIT OF YOUR EXPERIAN CREDITWORKS MEMBERSHIP OR OTHER MEMBERSHIP BASED SERVICE.
TERMS OF CARDSAFE™ GUARANTEE
CardSafe™ - ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Enrollment in CardSafe
If CardSafe is available in your Service and you successfully enroll into the CardSafe Service, your use of CardSafe is effective for the period covered by your membership fee for the applicable Services and continues upon your payment of the monthly/annual membership fee. Please review the appropriate section in this document for information related to refunds and cancellation of such membership. You acknowledge and agree that your use of CardSafe is also conditioned upon your ability to provide valid credit card information.
CardSafe™ - Additional Card Holders
Neither your spouse nor any other adult will be enrolled in CardSafe pursuant to your order. When you enroll in the CardSafe product, only your personal cards (i.e., only those cards in your name) can be registered with us.
CardSafe™ - Loss & Theft Events
YOU agree not to report as lost or stolen any Card which you do not have good reason to believe is, in fact, lost or stolen.
At the time you report a lost or stolen event, ECS will retrieve your 3-bureau credit report from the three national credit reporting companies in order to provide the Service to you. In order to identify your credit accounts, notify your card issuers and request cancellation of your lost or stolen cards, you authorize ECS to retrieve your account information from your 3-Bureau credit report and to use the personal debit and/or ATM information that you may have entered on our Website to do the following: (1) Contact your Card Issuers (for each credit, debit, ATM or charge card designated by you) to report the lost or stolen event and (2) to disclose your personally identifiable information to your Cards Issuers to assist with the cancellation of lost or stolen cards on your behalf. At the time of the lost or stolen event, ECS may require you to confirm or restate the foregoing authorizations.
Your credit information may be provided by a third-party credit reporting company and ECS is not responsible for the information contained within those reports. Your Card Issuers may require additional evidence of the lost or stolen event, including written confirmation by you or a police report. ECS is only able to take the actions permitted and processed by your Card Issuer. ECS is not responsible for any failure by any Card Issuer to take the action requested on your behalf, or any other action taken or condition imposed by your Card Issuer. ECS will not request that Card Issuers issue replacement cards in your name.
CardSafe™ GUARANTEE Overview
If CardSafe™ does not perform as guaranteed, we will reimburse you for unauthorized charges that are made to your Credit, Debit or ATM card(s) after you have reported to us that your card(s) are lost or stolen and for which you become personally liable, subject to the terms of the CardSafe Guarantee. You simply need to call our Fraud Resolution Representatives when you first learn that your card(s) are lost or stolen and then you can rest assured that your card issuer(s) will be notified. If you are held personally liable for unauthorized charges that occur after you report your lost or stolen cards to us, then we will reimburse you for those charges.
If you (hereinafter "you") become liable for unauthorized charges as a result of a lost or stolen Credit, Debit or ATM card due to a failure of CardSafe to provide the services identified below (hereinafter referred to as "Covered Unauthorized Charges"), ECS will reimburse you for such unauthorized charges subject to the terms and conditions of this Guarantee.
- GUARANTEE PERIOD: In accordance with the terms of this CardSafe Guarantee, we will reimburse you for Covered Unauthorized Chargers that were reported lost or stolen to us while you are actively enrolled in CardSafe and are a Customer in good standing ("Guarantee Period").
- WHAT WE WILL DO: We will reimburse you for Covered Unauthorized Chargers that meet all of the following three requirements: 1) lost or stolen Credit, Debit or ATM card(s) that you have reported to us during the Guarantee Period; 2) such Covered Unauthorized Chargers occurred during the Guarantee Period; 3) your card issuer(s) is holding you personally liable for such Covered Unauthorized Chargers and your card issuer(s) is not legally liable for Covered Unauthorized Chargers.
- WHAT WE WILL NOT DO: We will NOT reimburse you for any expenses, damages or losses that are not expressly described in Section 2 above, including without limitation the following types of expenses, damages or losses you may incur in connection with lost or stolen Credit, Debit or ATM cards:
- Any unauthorized charges related to lost or stolen Credit, Debit or ATM cards that occurred outside the Guarantee Period;
- Any unauthorized charges due to any act of theft, deceit, collusion, dishonesty or criminal act by you or any person acting in concert with you, or by any of your authorized representatives, whether acting alone or in collusion with you or others (collectively, your "Misrepresentation") and you expressly agree to reimburse us for any expense, damage or loss due to your Misrepresentation as further provided in Section 4(c) below;
- Any unauthorized charges for which a Credit, Debit or ATM card issuer is legally liable
- Any unauthorized charges that did not occur during the Guarantee Period; and
- Any expense, damage or loss incurred in connection with unauthorized charges if you fail to comply with all obligations, requirements, terms and conditions of Section 4 entitled "What You Must Do."
- WHAT YOU MUST DO: To be eligible to seek and retain reimbursement under this CardSafe Guarantee, you must do the following:
- Be an actively enrolled as a Customer in CardSafe at the time you reported your cards lost or stolen to us;
- Contact our Fraud Resolution Department at 1-866-617-1894 within 2 days of becoming aware that a Credit, Debit or ATM card has been lost or stolen;
- Provide our Fraud Resolution Representatives with proof of the Covered Unauthorized Chargers and a statement from your Credit, Debit or ATM card issuer showing the date and time the Covered Unauthorized Chargers occurred and amount for which you are being held personally liable. You agree to assign your right to us to seek and recover unauthorized charges reimbursed under this Guarantee, and you agree to reimburse us in the event you obtain recovery of any amounts paid by us hereunder. For example, if we reimburse you for unauthorized charges under this Guarantee and you later recover the amount paid to you, then we are entitled to receive, retain or recover the amount paid to you. You will provide all reasonable and necessary assistance to us in our recovery and reimbursement efforts; and
- You agree to pay and/or reimburse us for any amount paid to you or on your behalf under this Guarantee due to your Misrepresentation in connection with any unauthorized charges as described in Section 3 (b).
- HOW TO REQUEST REIMBURSEMENT: To request reimbursement under the CardSafe Guarantee, you must contact our Fraud Resolution Department Toll Free at 1-866-617-1894 to obtain an Unauthorized Charges Reimbursement Request Form. To receive reimbursement, you must submit the following documentation to one of our Fraud Resolution Representatives: (a) a completed and signed Unauthorized Charges Reimbursement Request Form; and (b) proof that your Credit, Debit or ATM card issuer is holding you personally liable for unauthorized charges made to your card.
- OUR RIGHT TO TERMINATE THE CardSafe GUARANTEE: We expressly reserve the right to terminate and discontinue offering the CardSafe Guarantee at any time in our sole and complete discretion. If we terminate the CardSafe Guarantee, then we will notify you in writing. We will continue to honor the CardSafe Guarantee for reimbursement of unauthorized charges that you incur as a direct result of lost or stolen Credit, Debit or ATM cards that you reported to us during the Guarantee Period and for which you are personally held liable and your card issuer(s) is not legally liable for such unauthorized charges.
- THE CardSafe PRODUCT PROVIDES THE FOLLOWING SERVICES: When an eligible Credit, Debit or ATM card has been lost or stolen and you have complied with the requirements in section 4) above, ECS will do the following:
- Notify Credit, Debit and ATM card issuers when such eligible card(s) has/have been lost or stolen;
- Cancel eligible Credit, Debit or ATM card(s) that have been lost or stolen, or assist the Customer in canceling such card(s) with their respective issuers;
- Work with issuers of Credit, Debit and ATM card(s) that have been lost or stolen, or assist the Customer in working with issuers of Credit, Debit or ATM card(s) that have been lost or stolen to eliminate any liability to you for any unauthorized charges that are incurred on any Credit, Debit or ATM card during the Guarantee Period.
THE CARDSAFE GUARANTEE IS NOT OFFERED, APPLICABLE OR AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK.
IDENTITY THEFT INSURANCE
(Applicable only if Identity Theft Insurance is available in your Service)
If Identity Theft Insurance is available in your Service, Identity Theft Insurance is underwritten by insurance company subsidiaries or affiliates of American International Group, Inc. (AIG). 175 Water Street, New York, New York 10038. Please refer to the actual policies on this site for terms, conditions, and exclusions of coverage. Coverage may not be available in all jurisdictions.
THE PRODUCT GUARANTEE IS NOT OFFERED, APPLICABLE OR AVAILABLE IF IDENTITY THEFT INSURANCE IS A FEATURE OR BENEFIT OF YOUR EXPERIAN CREDITWORKS MEMBERSHIP OR OTHER MEMBERSHIP BASED SERVICE.